How to create the best cocktails alcohol-free

Jan 14, 2022

When it comes to cocktails the global trends can change from elaborate to simple and back again. But with more than 16 million #cocktail posts on instagram it's clear that these mixed drinks are not going anywhere any time soon.
Three women holding mocktail drinks made with Sans Bar non-alcoholic spirits

The thing that I love most about cocktails is that they are very easy to re-produce as mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails). But with literally hundreds of different cocktails to try, where is the best place to start? 

One option is to start with the cocktails that are trending around the world. Drinks International recently surveyed 100 of the best bars in the world to determine the best selling cocktails of 2021. 

The results were surprising with a number of classic drinks making the top ten, including the Gin Mocktails like the Negroni and Martini as well as the Margarita and Cosmopolitan

The best thing about this list is that all of these drinks can be recreated alcohol-free. In fact, with the right ingredients, some of these mocktails will rival the originals in terms of style and flavour. 

Here are the top ten along with our recipes.  

1. Alcohol-Free Spritz

Alcohol-free Spritz alternatives have been hugely popular with Sans Drinks customers. I think it's because when it's made well it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the non-alcoholic version and the original.

There are several ready to drink Aperitif spritz mocktails, however, I like to make mine from scratch using my own Sans Bar Spritzing in Venice, which was specifically created with the perfect Venice inspired spritz in mind. 

Sans Bar Spritzing In Venice

And this recipe, using the Thomson & Scott Noughty is my personal go-to alcohol-free Spritz recipe. 

Mocktail: Noughty Spritz

2. Old Fashioned - Alcohol Free

Traditionally made by muddling sugar with bitters and water before adding whiskey this drink is best served with a twist of orange peel. You can easily recreate this drink with a non-alcoholic whisky such as Lyre's American Malt. 

Mocktail: Lyre's Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

Old Fashioned mocktail made with Lyre's Non-alcoholic spirits

3. Negroni Mocktail

This classic cocktail is traditionally made with one part gin, one part vermouth Rosso and one part Aperitif. There are several ways to make an alcohol free Negroni, in fact, you can even find a ready to drink Negroni Spritz right here at Sans Drinks. 

My personal favourite is the Lyres Pink Negroni using Lyre's Pink London Spirit.

Mocktail: Lyres Pink Negroni

Lyre's Pink London Negroni Mocktail and two bottles of Lyre's non-alcoholic spirits on a kitchen bench

4. Margarita Mocktail

Now we're taking. I love Margarita mocktails so much that when I was picking the first cocktails to replicate in my Ms Sans mocktail range Margarita was top of the list. 

Ms Sans Margarita Premixed & Alcohol-Free


There are lots of twists on the Margarita in our recipe section, but I can't go past this creative spin on Ms Sans. 

Mocktail: Ms Sans Spicy Margarita Mocktail

Three Spicy margarita Mocktails garnished with Jalapeno slices

5. Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour has been around for well over 100 years, although historians suspect that it was invented well before that to help ward off Scurvy on the high seas. 

There are a few different ways to make a Whiskey Sour Mocktail, but my personal favourite is this Kings Of Sour Mocktail which is a traditional Scottish style Sour.

Mocktail: Kings of Sour Whiskey Mocktail


Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Sour made with Sans Bar Kings of Tartan

6. Daiquiri Mocktail

The Daiquiri was created in Cuba at the end of the Spanish-American war and perfectly combines sweet and sour notes. This mocktail version uses Lyre's White Cane Spirit, which gets amazingly good reviews from Sans Drinks customers. 

Mocktail: Lyre's Daiquiri Mocktail

Daiquiri Mocktail made with Lyre's non-alcoholic spirits and garnished with lime skin peel

7. Dry Martini Mocktail

Perhaps it's the 007 effect, but this elegant drink has never been out of style. There are so many ways to make this sophisticated drink that we have an entire page dedicated to Martini Mocktails.

With so many to pick from it's hard to choose a favourite, but I do recommend this Wilfred's twist on the classic. 

Mocktail: Wilfred's Sec Martini

A woman holding a Dry Martini Mocktail and eating the olive garnish

8. Espresso Martini Mocktail

Created when a customer asked a bartender for a drink that would 'wake her up' this modern cocktail is traditionally made with vodka and coffee. There are numerous ways to make an alcohol free Espresso Martini and the introduction of Mr. Consistent Espresso Martini Mixer has made it super easy. 

But a great take on the Espresso Martini uses Seedlip, one of the first alcohol-free spirits to go mainstream. 

Mocktail: Seedlip Espresso Martini Mocktail

Two happy women holding Espresso Martini mocktails made using the Mr. Consistent Espresso Martini Mixer

9. Mojito Mocktail

The Mojito has been a staple for non-drinkers for a while it's possible to create a full-flavoured, refreshing mocktail with just lime juice, mint, sugar syrup and soda water. But, having said that, a good non-alcoholic rum will take your mojito to the next level. 

If you're pressed for time you will be delighted to learn that the perfect alcohol-free Mojito does exist. Ms Sans Mojito is perfectly pre-mixed with a premium non-alcoholic rum, so all you need to do is add ice, soda and a sprig of mint. 

Ms Sans Mojito Premixed & Alcohol-Free


There are several creative twists on the classic mojito using a variety of fruit flavours such as watermelon, lychee and passionfruit.

Mocktail: Watermelon Mojito Mocktail

10. Non-Alcoholic Manhattan

The Manhattan is a twist on the old Fashioned (see No. 1). The difference is that the Manhattan substitutes sweet vermouth for sugar. This Fluere take on the Old Fashioned uses an orange syrup, but you could also use Lyre's Italian Orange. 

Mocktail: Fluere Old Fashioned Whiskey Mocktail

A Non-Alcoholic Manhattan mocktail made with Lyre's non-alcoholic spirits and garnished with orange skin peel

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